The 2019 edition of eLearning Africa, the an annual, pan-African ed-tech conference and exhibition, is set for Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, in October. And the two-day forum will debate and seek answers to various questions including:
- What will attract investors to our businesses, venture capitalists to our entrepreneurs and employers to our workers?
- How can we make growth last and sustain change?
- How can we best help young people to transform their talent into skills and their skills into success?
- How can we preserve and adapt traditional African knowledge for the future?
To provide answers to these and many other questions, a host of African and international are expected experts to attend the forum on October 23 – 25, 2019.
Confirmed keynote speakers will include Professor Ndri Therese Assie-Lumumba, the President of the World Council of Comparative Education Societies, and Chairperson of African and Diaspora Education at Cornell University; Efosa Ojomo, author, researcher and economic development expert, , who is a senior research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation; and Jef Staes, one of the world’s leading authorities on learning processes and innovative organisations, whose inspirational insights are derived from more than 25 years’ experience as a Training Manager and Corporate Learning Officer.
Rebecca Stromeyer, the founder and organiser of eLearning Africa, stated: “This year’s eLearning Africa will be very practical. We will be looking at how we can make the most of African talent and how we can turn African skills into success. We had a successful call for papers, which resulted in some very interesting proposals. We are currently reviewing them and we will then publish the full programme online at eLearning Africa website. Some of the world’s leading experts will be participating in to the conference, along with investors, entrepreneurs and political leaders, so it will be a great opportunity to discuss the role of education, training and technology in equipping Africans with the skills they need to succeed in the future.”
Albert Nsengiyumva, Executive Secretary of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) said: “Making sure that our people have got the skills they need to compete is vital for the future of the whole African continent. The pace of change is going to get faster and faster. If we want to make a reality of the African Union’s 2063 vision of a ‘transformed continent,’ we’ve got to put the systems, structures and solutions we need in place now. We also need to look carefully at what investors expect from Africa’s workforce and how we can make African labour markets attractive to potential employers. The discussions ministers and investors have at this year’s eLA are an important part of planning for the future.”
A Ministerial Round Table will be held on the opening day of the conference. It will be attended by education, technology and communication ministers from all over Africa. Their discussions will focus on the importance of learning, training, skills and investment to helping Africans to make the most of plans for an African Common Free Trade Area.
eLearning Africa is always accompanied by an international exhibition of products, services, solutions and courses.
“The exhibition is a good sign of the interest outside investors are taking in Africa,” said Stromeyer. “I have seen the exhibition grow and, this year, there is no doubt there is real excitement about opportunities in Africa’s ed-tech sector. It is a rapidly growing market, which could soon be the biggest in the world, and some of the best known names in global education and technology will be taking part.”
eLearning Africa is the key networking event for ICT supported education, training and skills development in Africa and brings together high-level policy makers, decision makers and practitioners from education, business and government. Over 13 consecutive years, eLearning Africa has hosted 17,278 participants from 100+ different countries around the world, with over 85% coming from the African continent. More than 3,300 speakers have addressed the conference about every aspect of technology enhanced education and skills development. Serving as a pan-African platform, the eLearning Africa conference is a must for those who want to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts and partnerships, as well as enhance their knowledge, expertise and abilities.
This year’s eLearning Africa, to be held under the theme “The Keys to the Future: Learnability and Employability”, will be the 14th edition of the event and it is expected that over 1200 people from more than 50 countries will attend. The conference and its associated exhibition, featuring the latest products, courses and solutions from around the world, represent “an outstanding networking opportunity and the best vantage point anywhere in Africa to gain a view of the continent’s edTech market,” according to the organisers.
ADEA is a forum for policy dialogue and a partnership which brings together African policymakers in charge of education, science and technology; development partners; researchers and education technical experts. ADEA contributes to the empowerment of African countries to develop quality education and training systems that respond to the countries’ emergent needs and drive social and economic transformation sustainably.